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Striped Blenny
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(Meiacanthus grammistes) Moderate Semi-aggressive 5" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Indo-Pacific Blenniidae Blennies Reef Compatible The Striped Blenny (also called the Striped Fang Blenny) can be found swimming among the tropical reefs within its native range of the Indo-Pacific. Striped Blennies are popular choices for "nano" systems as well as larger reef tanks; they are very active swimmers and are constantly on the move in the water column when not searching for food on the live rock. The Striped Blenny is one of the few species that possess enlarged fangs with associated venom sacs which are primarily used as a retaliatory defense and serve as a deterrent to predators; their bite is not lethal to humans but it is painful (hand-feeding is not recommended). Striped Blennies have beautiful colors and distinct markings. They have contrasting, alternating black and white horizontal stripes running the length of their entire mass (including the caudal fins) with a brilliant yellow wash that starts at the head and usually fades off at and angle halfway down their dorsal half, just past their operculum on their lateral sides, and right after their neck on their ventral side. Striped Blennies are an active species and will spend most of their time in the water column looking for food and enjoying life. They require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons and should be provided with plenty of live rock for hiding places and invertebrate hunting. Blennies can be jumpers, so a hood or other secure top is recommended for their aquarium. The Striped Blenny is usually a peaceful fish, normally ignoring other inhabitants unless threatened or it notices a tank mate that is the same species, closely related, or appears to be one of the two; then it may exhibit aggression and/or show territorial tendencies. They are much better off in a reef environment as opposed to other saltwater aquarium setups. The Striped Blenny is omnivorous and in its natural environment, it can normally be found cruising for small invertebrates (mainly amphipods, copepods, isopods, and brine) in the water column; they will also hunt within the reef and substrate. In an aquarium, they should be fed a variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and finely chopped krill as well as various quality omnivore oriented pellets and flake foods. An aquarium with a live amphipod, copepod, and isopod population would be a real treat for this species. Feed once or twice per day.
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Bicolor Blenny
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(Ecsenius bicolor) Easy Peaceful 4" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Herbivore Indo-Pacific Blenniidae Blennies Reef Compatible Native to the many rocks and crevices within the tropical reefs of the Indo-Pacific, the Bicolor Blenny (Ecsenius bicolor) is a readily available aquarium favorite and an excellent "nano" or "reef-safe" species for beginners as well as the more experienced hobbyists. Bicolor Blennies are intelligent, have outstanding personalities, comical mannerisms, and love to find a place to perch and watch what's going on around them; they will definitely add fun and personality to any reef aquarium. The Bicolor Blenny has an elongated body with a dark purple-gray to blue anterior shifting to a bright yellow to orange posterior. They have long cirri protruding from between their blue-rimmed eyes, are equipped with combed teeth for algae grazing and will prosper in an established aquarium with mature algae growth. Males can be identified as being larger than females and will have an extension of their first dorsal fin. The Bicolor Blenny requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons and should be provided with plenty of live rock for perching and hiding places; rock-work should be supported as Bicolor Blennies are active diggers and will frequently move rubble, sand, shells, and other small debris, to suit their needs. Blennies are known to be excellent jumpers, so a secure top is recommended for their aquarium. They are normally peaceful bottom dwellers, but they can be territorial and have been known to quarrel with other Blennies, small Gobies, Dartfish and species that have similar color patterns (e.g. Royal Gramma, Bicolor Pseudochromis). They are considered to be reef-safe, but have been observed -in smaller systems- picking at the mantles of clams and LPS corals when underfed (well fed specimens in larger systems rarely exhibit this behavior). The Bicolor Blenny is a herbivore and should be fed a variety of seaweed and marine algae-based, prepared foods in addition to algae that is present in the aquarium. Although requiring vegetable matter in their diets, Bicolor Blennies have also been known to eat other foods such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, finely chopped mysis shrimp, and finely chopped krill as well as various pellets and flake foods. Feed twice per day.
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Midas Blenny
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(Ecsenius midas) Easy Peaceful 4" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Indo-Pacific, Maldives Blenniidae Blennies Reef Compatible Midas Blenny's are found throughout the Indo-Pacific where they inhabit reefs and rocky out crops, which can afford them with plenty of caves and crevices in which to investigate and hide in when they feel it necessary. They have been a popular aquarium species for many years as they bring attractive color, strong personalities, unique swimming style and a peaceful demeanor to any aquarium they inhabit. They are able to vary their body coloration greatly depending on their mood, surroundings and activity. Midas Blenny’s spend their days swimming or bumping about the reef, moving from one rock crevice to another in search of small meaty prey like zooplankton or similar foodstuffs. Part of their unique personality comes from their unique bobbing swimming style and the way that they "climb over" the reef with a combination of swimming and crawling motions. Overall a great community species that is equally at home in a peaceful community aquarium with plenty of live rock or in a complete reef setting with live rock and coral species. Midas Blenny's do best in aquariums that are at least 30 gallons in size, so that they will have enough live rock and territory within the aquarium to provide them a reasonable amount of space to be comfortable. They tend to become more aggressive towards tank mates when kept in very small aquariums or overcrowded aquarium, as do many fish species. However, given ample space Midas Blenny's are a very peaceful species towards other fish, invertebrate and coral tank mates. They should be provided with an aquarium that contains plenty of live rock and medium to strong water currents to simulate their natural habitat, where they inhabit the upper regions of the reef which contain plenty of water current. Midas Blenny’s are well known for their color and pattern changing abilities as they often take on different appearances depending on their mood and activity within the aquarium. It is not unusual for a Midas Blenny to exhibit different coloration depending on whether feeding, hiding within a cave or swimming about the currents within the aquarium. In fact, it is not uncommon for Midas Blenny’s to modify their appearance to that of other tank mates when they are found schooling with similarly sized and shaped fish species. Equally at home within a community FOWLR or a reef setting, the Midas Blenny can make a solid addition to a larger nano aquarium all the way to larger reef aquarium setup. Unlike most Blenny species that are herbivores, the Midas Blenny is Omnivore whose diet is made up mostly of meaty foodstuffs that it feeds on from the water column along with some algae and seaweeds. While in the wild the Midas Blenny will eat zooplankton, copepods, amphipods and other small organisms floating about the water column, they will eat a variety of prepared meaty foods within the aquarium environment. They will readily accept a variety of prepared foods including meaty frozen, flake and small pellet foods, along with brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, cyclopeeze, krill or other meaty marine foodstuffs. Their diet should be varied with some flake, frozen & pellet foods with vegetable matter included along with access to marine algae and seaweed.
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